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So, the Blues got a point. Which, against a team like the Blue Jackets, simply is not good enough. Once again, the Blues are having issues scoring goals – and yes, Mathieu Garon for the Blue Jackets had an excellent game – but how far do the Blues expect to progress when they don’t have an all out true sniper on the team? You cannot really class Boyes as a sniper. Not anymore. Yes, he had a one timer excellently saved by Garon but he also missed a practically open net from about 10 feet away.
Of course, there were stupid and amazingly incompetent decisions by the officials – something we Blues fans have now come to expect. I hope that somewhere something is being said about this. On the bright side, the Blues scored two powerplay goals – on the downside we’ve had hardly any powerplay opportunities over the last few games as no Blue seems to be drawing penalties.
The Blues outshot the Blue Jackets 27-19, despite the fact that they were outshot 9-3 in the second period. Mason made some great saves but he was hung out to dry on the Blue Jackets winning overtime goal. Paul Kariya has to hold his hands up to that one. He stopped tracking back with the Blue Jackets, Kris Russell, and let him skate around him for a clear shot on goal.
I’m not sure where the Blues go from here – their upcoming schedule is a killer. To add more concern, one of the Blues hottest offensive players at the moment, Alex Steen, did not come out for the third period after suffering a “lower body injury”. No word yet on how serious it is. The Blues can still make the playoffs – but they need to play a lot better than they have been.
The Blues don’t play now until Wednesday – a well deserved rest after playing 11 games in 19 days. Some time for them to think and heal. And some time for management to consider the situation. It’s going to be interesting to see how long they wait before deciding to explore the trade option.
Anyway, your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap and game highlights together with interviews with Chris Mason, David Backes and Davis Payne.
- St Louis Game Time game day thread tells it like it is.
- Dan O’Neill of the Post Dispatch says that the Blues “hit yet another bump” with comments from Chris Mason and David Backes.
It’s not all doom and gloom – there are bright spots. The play of Oshie for one – Andy McDonald for another. Eric Brewer also had another very solid night – picking up another assist. There’s still hope…